by Johnny D
August 25, 2021
Nelson Jaramillo topped all players in Week 6 Xpressbet Fun in the Sun competition with $272.50 in earnings. He collects $2,205 and a seat at the lucrative Final Table. Drew Kocsi finished second with $256.50, just $2 in front of Jon Lapczenski. They earn $981.75 and $551.25, respectively, plus shots at an over $20k pot on Sept. 4. Gregory Raab and Paul Lutz round out the top 5. Raab earns one of 35 total spots at the Final Table and Lutz joins David Jaffe, Ellis Starr and Paul Jones as multiple Final Table seat holders with a maximum of two each. Lutz previously finished fourth in Week 1 play.
This Saturday’s competition is your last chance to possibly join Fun in the Sun Final Table action. The final qualifying battle is for account holders only and requires a $25 registration fee and a ‘live’ $10 Win wager on one horse in each of 10 competition races—the last 5 at Saratoga races, including the Gr. 1 Travers, and the first 5 at Del Mar.
Leading finishers each week have averaged $334 in earnings. Top 3 players have checked in at an average mark of $285 and the top 5 cutoff has been at $265. So far, top 3 players have collected over $25,000 in prize money and, since Fun in the Sun competition wagers are ‘live,’ players also have kept mutuel payoff earnings.
Last week’s results reversed previous trends and produced more formful results at Saratoga than at Del Mar. Spa Fun in the Sun competition races returned short prices--all 5 were single-digit payoffs and 4 of 5 were under $5, led by Malathaat’s $3.10 return for her Alabama victory. My Prankster ($9) in the afternoon’s seventh race was the lone stranger. Identity Politics ($4.80) in the eighth, Technical Analysis ($4.20) in the ninth and Perfect Grace ($3.70) in the eleventh, round out other short-priced winners.
Del Mar produced this week’s fireworks with 4 of 5 winners cashing at double-digit numbers, topped right off the bat by Ain’t Easy for trainer Phil D’Amato and jockey Joel Rosario at $18.20. Red Valor ($15.80) in the second, Forbidden Kingdom ($10.60) in the fourth and Subconscious ($13.60) in the fifth were the other juicy prices. Third race winner Evening Sun paid $9 to complete the quintet. It’s likely the outstanding Pacific Classic day card had something to do with the transfer of hefty payoff fortunes from the right coast to the left.
Will it be ‘Chalk City’ or ‘Bombs Away’ at Saratoga or Del Mar Saturday? It’s your call and also your ‘Last Call’ for you to join Xpressbet’s Fun in the Sun Final Table and a shot at a $20,000-plus pot.
See you Saturday!